Kent State University's College of Business Administration Alumnus and Spouse Named Recipients of Friend of Philanthropy Award

Kent, Ohio - Sept. 22, 2016

Greg and Kathy LongNamed the 2016 Friend of Philanthropy Award recipients, Greg and Kathy Long will be recognized October 13 by the Wayne County Community Foundation. A graduate of Kent State University, Mr. Long obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and has since become president and managing partner at Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc, CPA's.

Greg is a National Advisory Board member at Kent State University's College of Business Administration. The National Advisory Board is composed of prominent College of Business Administration alumni and corporate partners throughout the country, providing an external point of view that provides the College with vital resources to connect with important constituencies for information, financial support, expertise and information.

Greg and Kathy have been active philanthropists in their community for decades. Influenced by Kathy's parents, Ralph and Grace Jones, the Longs believe one must become involved in the community to make a difference.

The couple provides support to those in the community as need arises. While they support organizations financially, it is not uncommon to find them actively volunteering to strengthen the missions of the organizations they serve.

"The College of Business Administration proudly recognizes Greg as a distinguished alumnus," said Deborah Spake, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration. "He is a valuable member of the National Advisory Board and the community as well."

An awards dinner will be held on October 13 at the Shisler Center on the OARDC campus in Wooster, Ohio. Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10. Reservations can be made through the Foundation by calling (330) 262-3877. For more information,

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio. The College has more than 4,300 students representing 50 countries with over 85 full-time faculty from 16 countries.

The college grants undergraduate through graduate degrees, and is one of only three public business colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program. The MBA program is offered in an accelerated format. The Executive MBA program offers two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives. The M.S. in Accounting and M.A. in Economics are specialized master's degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines. The College also offers a Master of Science in degree in Business Analytics (MSBA) for those with business analytics expertise that spans all industries and organizations. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.

The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to be endorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and ranked fourth by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) in Ohio for Professional Sales Education.

The college boasts an onsite Career Services Center and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.